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Hynes '96 puts West Chicago on the map

Vicki (White) Hynes '96 has created standards for participation and judging of a new annual event which showcases the work of Geographic Information Systems professionals. She was recognized last fall by the Illinois GIS Association for her contributions. Hynes majored in geography and environmental studies at Augustana. She worked for eight years for Naperville, followed by a year of consulting work, before joining the City of West Chicago in 2002.

Bryan Robertson internship pastor

Internship leads Robertson '82 on different path

Rev. Bryan Robertson '82 majored in English at Augustana before going to seminary. His intention was to eventually teach Christian religion at the college level. But an internship in the church resulted in Robertson’s decision to become a pastor. He has served in Rock Island; Decorah, Iowa; and most recently in Waupaca, Wis.

Five faculty teaching at 37th CommUniversity

CommUniversity, a series of Sunday classes taught by area experts, will begin its 37th year in February. The annual non-profit event is coordinated by a board of directors from local colleges, churches, libraries and other community organizations. Five Augustana faculty will teach classes at CommUniversity this year.

MLK celebration to include youth forum

Passing the Torch, an annual community-wide celebration and tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will take place Jan. 16 at Augustana. For the first time, the celebration will include a community youth forum.

Gabby Snyder Ecuador Project service learning

Ecuador Project could change service-learning

An initiative to create more meaningful service-learning projects for students, ones in which the real benefits are measured for the communities they serve, is gaining momentum on campus. David Voland ‘15 galvanized the movement after spending a summer at a school for special-needs students in Ecuador. Now, Gabrielle Snyder ‘18, an English/secondary education major, is picking up the torch.

Augustana receives grants for vocational exploration, servant-leadership

Several organizations have contributed tens-of-thousands of dollars to help fund servant-leader internships. One of the projects associated with these grants is to strengthen the vocational exploration with senior students and recent alumni.

Augustana shows shoe support against climate change

Hanging 108 pairs of shoes on an Augustana College stairway Thursday was a step toward reducing carbon footprints. The college's Global Affect student group led students and professors in tying pairs of shoes on banisters of a tower staircase, to replicate a demonstration tied to a United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

'Trifles' first in series of student-directed plays

A popular 99-year-old play by a famous Davenport native is the first in a series of student-directed plays at Augustana. "Trifles" by Susan Glaspell will be performed Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m., in the Black Box Theatre, Bergendoff Hall. It's directed by theater and psychology major Jacob Kilburg.

Fistler '03 records popular Christian podcast

"Pulpit Fiction" has thousands of listeners; it's in the top 100 on iTunes and is a source of information — and inspiration — for ministers, as well as regular folks who want to know more about the Bible. It is recorded by the Rev. Robb McCoy of Two Rivers United Methodist Church, Rock Island, and his buddy from seminary school, the Rev. Eric Fistler, now of Crystal Lake, Ill. Fistler '03 studied classics, philosophy and religion at Augustana.

Frieze Lecture: Einstein revolutionized thinking about the universe

Dr. Cecilia Vogel, Augustana professor of physics, discusses how the publishing of Einstein's Theory of Relativity in 1915 revolutionized thinking about the universe. This is the fourth in the 2015 Frieze Lecture Series, an 18-year partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College. The series theme this year was "1915 – A Landmark Year."

Senior's thesis on state park accepted for presentation

History major Bonnie Thornton's senior history honors thesis has been accepted for presentation at the National Conference of Phi Alpha Theta national history honors society in January. Selection is competitive. Her paper is entitled "The Politics of Collective Morality: Orchestrating the Natural Conservation and Historic Preservation of Blackhawk Watch Tower Park, 1917-1927."

Omar '16 helps father treat Syrian refugees in Jordan

Augustana's Lubna Omar '16 volunteers as a medical translator for physicians at refugee camps in Jordan. Omar accompanies her father, Dr. Majdi Omar, who has treated hundreds of Syrian children at camps in Jordan. “It’s disheartening to see how many people live in Jordan and aren’t willing to help because Syria is our neighbor and these people are Arab — the same as we are,” she said.

Updike: Dad's stories true in essence, not details

Speaking at Augustana, author David Updike said it is hard to determine how much is true in the stories his famous father wrote about him and his siblings. "I think it's true in its essence," he said, "but not in its details." Born in 1932, John Updike was an American author known for his novels, short stories and poetry. He won two Pulitzer Prizes for fiction.

Annual tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe set for Dec. 10

Augustana's annual Tribue to Our Lady of Guadalupe will take place on Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall. The event commemorates the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego in 1531.

Frieze Lecture: Literary legacy of 1915's 'great' poems

Farah Marklevits, instructor in English, presents a Frieze Lecture on the literary legacy of the great poems of 1915, which included Robert Frost's "Road Not Taken" and TS Eliot's "Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock." The Frieze Lecture Series is an 18-year partnership between the Rock Island Public Library and Augustana College. It continues this year with the theme "1915 – A Landmark Year."

Career outcomes

Career Outcomes

Class of 2023 outcomes, of those who responded to the survey. Source: Institutional Research at Augustana; CORE (Careers, Opportunities, Research, Exploration) at Augustana

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